Season’s ‘first’ snowfall hits northern Sweden

Season's 'first' snowfall hits northern Sweden
Residents in some areas of northern Sweden woke up to white lawns this morning, as the first snow of the season outside the mountain areas started falling over Sweden on Thursday evening.

“It is pretty normal to see snow at this time of the year. But it may be some time until we get some that stays,” said Sandra Andersson of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, SMHI, to news agency TT.

Along the north eastern coastline the precipitation came down as rain, whereas inland the roads where covered with snow and slush, according to local paper Piteå-Tidning.

By Friday morning, SMHI had issued a class 1 warning of slippery roads in Norrbotten County. The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) is warning drivers that roads are extremely slippery north and west of Arvidsjaur.

Some parts of the roads are covered with ice and the agency urged drivers to take all possible precautions and adapt their speed accordingly.

Thursday’s snowstorm caused disruption on the roads and at least one accident due to the weather was reported, involving two cars and an airport bus. Although the vehicles were damaged, no injuries to passengers were reported.

The snow began to taper off during the course of the evening and the weather is expected to improve on Friday.

“Some white areas may remain, but most of it will probably melt,” Andersson told TT.

However, police in northern Sweden on Friday morning warned that there may be ice on the roads in Arvidsjaur, Arjeplog, Jokkmokk, and Kiruna municipalities as well as in Gällivare, which are all currently covered by a thin layer of snow.

TT/The Local/rm

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